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Ghost in the Shell

This big-budget, live-action remake of the classic Japanese animation does just about enough. It’s a solidly watchable sci-fi thriller with striking visual style, but at no point does it even come close to capturing the h...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Live By Night

The title of Ben Affleck‘s new gangster epic has about as much to do with the plot of the film as his character’s narrative arc has to do with a banana. Nothing. Live By Night is very good-looking, well dressed but ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

War Dogs

War Dogs tells the story of two reunited friends meddling in the big business of arms dealing. It’s a punchy and funny buddy film that tows the line between its jokes and a modern parable. Todd Phillips weaves a film that...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hell or High Water

Thinking of the reimagined Westerns of today, it’s easy to be immediately drawn to the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men, and quite rightly so. It’s an absolute behemoth of a film and brought a cinematic experience ba...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Black

A modern day Romeo and Juliet with a dark twist, Black is as hard as it is stylish. Mavela (Martha Canga Antonio) and Marwan (Aboubakr Bensaihi) are from the wrong sides of the Belgian tracks, instead of the houses Montague and...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Triple 9

Cops, robbers, cops who are robbers, the Russian mafia, vicious cartel members and a concept that screams a crime thriller to rival the greats. So why is it that Triple 9 never feels like a threat to the films it so desperately...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sicario

Denis Villeneuve has steadily built an enviable body of work since his Oscar-nominated war drama Incendies (2010). With a penchant for restrained and confident storytelling, the tense and intelligent Prisoners and Enemy – made ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Legend

Tom Hardy stars as Ronald and Reginald Kray, the infamous British gangsters who set the underworld alight in the 50s and 60s due to their merciless and psychotic reputation ranging from East to West London. Legend is orientated...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr Holmes

Obviously, everyone loves a sexy Sherlock. But there’s no trace of one here, which is terribly worrying: will anyone under 50 go to see Mr Holmes? Bill Condon’s take on Sherlock in his twilight years is gentle and complex and i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Ana Lily Amirpour’s hipster flick, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, is a little like the Director herself: a product of many cultures. Part Iranian New Wave, part Spaghetti Western, part budget indie, this monochrome delight c...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fast & Furious 7

How did we get to Fast & Furious 7? A franchise that started with essentially a Point Break remake, swap out skydiving and surfing for fast cars and they are identikit models, still shows no signs of running out of gas. Bec...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Voices

Marjane Satrapi – known primarily for critically acclaimed animated coming-of-age drama Persepolis (2007) – has clearly taken a bold u-turn with her first foray into the landscape of English-language film. Playing l...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hyena

This Hyena is a rare beast indeed, a British film about policemen. Britain has myriad small-screen coppers, a world-leading collection of taciturn, quirky law enforcers who plod their way through 60-minute murder cases – ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Focus

Everyone loves a caper movie; they’re exciting, sexy, full of twists and turns and the audience is always rooting for the robbers. In Ocean’s Eleven, you root for Danny Ocean to succeed because pulling off the crime means he al...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Catch Me Daddy

Prior to Catch Me Daddy, Daniel Wolfe‘s exhilarating modern-day western, its director was best known for The Shoes’ music video Time to Dance, in which Jake Gyllenhaal sporadically kills off hipsters in Dalston with...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blackhat

A big dollop of form over function, Blackhat exhibits the usual lovely digital visuals we’ve come to expect from Michael Mann of late and some decent suspense and tension for what is essentially a computer-hacker thriller...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inherent Vice

Drenched in a deep marauding plot is Joaquin Phoenix’s Doc, his stoned lackadaisical malaise somehow being the only thing to cut through the almost impossibly intertwined character lines and it’s his bizarre perform...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Gambler

On paper, The Gambler possesses a peculiar allure and excitement. The modern-day remake of a James Toback classic with three established talents collaborating in their prime suggests you’re in for a treat. This is the unfortuna...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Most Violent Year

Writer/director J.C. Chandor’s profile has continued to rise in recent years through ambitious and diverse output. His critically acclaimed, Oscar-baiting All Is Lost (2013) demonstrated his ability to coax a poignant yet...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Drop

Unfairly billed as Tom Hardy’s Puppy Love The Drop is a film that far exceeds the sub-plot involving Mr. Hardy and his canine friend. Instead it’s a character driven crime drama; a smart, seething often lethargic piece of cinem...